Adventurous and Spirited Women Set Out to Change Delray, 1902-1924

March 8, 2023 · Blog

By Kayleigh Howald The Ladies Improvement Association In 19th century Florida’s undeveloped wilderness, women and men alike were dedicated to their families’ survival. Multiple first-person accounts describe women […]

Delray's Beloved Lake Ida: How It All Began

February 27, 2023 · Blog

The area known as “Lake Ida” was once twice as big as it is now and part of the Everglades – a natural region of tropical wetlands in […]

Orange Grove House of Refuge

February 1, 2023 · Blog

The US Lifesaving Services built 5 refuges in 1876 along Florida’s coast. The name refers to an ancient rock wall that was discovered surrounding an acre of wild […]

Walking Tour of Historic A1A

December 9, 2022 · Blog

Delray Beach, Florida Today, a century after the days of the Barefoot Mailman, walking on the sidewalk where the beach is on the east of Ocean Boulevard/A1A, starting […]

History of Delray Beach 1845-1927

September 19, 2022 · Blog

Our Native Sea Grape

October 13, 2021 · Blog

Oh those purple berries! They are everywhere this time of year, but what are they? The Sea Grape (Coccoloba uvifera – also known as Uva de Playa in […]

The Ladies’ Improvement Association of Delray Beach

October 13, 2021 · Blog

By the turn of the century, Delray was turning into a small village, with a population of about 150. It needed to begin thinking about a proper infrastructure. […]

Delray Beach’s Historic Districts

October 13, 2021 · Blog

In 1987, the city of Delray Beach, working with the Delray Beach Historical Society and a group of volunteer citizens, established four historic districts. These actions set Delray […]

Gardens Full of History in Delray Beach

October 13, 2021 · Blog

“Where flowers bloom, so does hope.” Lady Bird Johnson The Allamanda Garden Club was organized in 1957. The theme of their 1960-1961 program was “Civic Beautification.” Delray Beach […]

Delray Beach: A Sterling Century

October 13, 2021 · Blog

By Robert W. Ganger There are countless heroes in the tale of how Delray Beach came of age in the twentieth century. The Henry Sterling family is representative […]